The Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and Sustainable Development is an introductory graduate level course in spatial planning and development for cities, regions, towns, rural areas, and neighbourhoods. It has an international flavour and exposes students to the kind of real-world sustainability and environmental challenges that are found in public, private and community settings throughout the world. Our graduate students come from many different disciplines, so our course offers a rich learning environment for people to fine-tune their areas of interest into a practical, ethical and effective field of action with relevance in the contemporary world. For students who perform well on this course and wish to progress to a professionally recognised masters level qualification there is an option to transfer to the second year of the UCC M.Plan course which is a comprehensive, two-year course compatible with European standards and with international professional training models for planning. The course will be of particular interest to students from developing countries who want to gain a foundation training in Planning and Sustainable Development as well as other international students who have a particular interest in studying in Ireland and have a wider interest in the theory and practice of planning. Students who do not feel able or ready to commit to two years study for the accredited qualification will find that the Course is an excellent way to gain a foundation qualification and fully assess their motivation to progress to the second year of the accredited MPlan Course.
Modules will cover topics including:
- place-making and design
- community engagement
- spatial planning at various different scales
- environmental awareness
- development in urban areas
- legal and political know-how
- International and global planning issues and processes
- technical competence and an understanding of the realities of sustainable development.
The course develops a wide range of skills and abilities leading to a strong capacity for making real-world, imaginative and balanced contributions about the future of places in many different sectors.
Transfer to the MPlan
Students who pass all modules with an aggregate score of 50% (i.e. 600 out of 1200 marks) may opt not to be conferred with the Postgraduate Diploma and may transfer their registration to the Second Year of the Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development (MPlan2) in the following academic year (full-time). For details of this programme, see http://www.ucc.ie/en/cke69/. Such students must inform Student Records and Examinations Office (email@example.com) that they will not be conferred with the Postgraduate Diploma and opt instead to progress to Second Year of the Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development (M.Plan2) in the following academic year (full-time).
For detailed information on the current programme modules and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar
Course Code: CKC19 Full-time
Course Title: Planning and Sustainable Development
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: PG Dip
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU EUR 6,700 full-time; Students will be asked to contribute towards the cost of fieldtrips
2016 Entry Requirements: To be accepted for this course you need to have a degree at Second Class Honours level (or higher) in an appropriate subject in the fields of Science, Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Law, Commerce, Engineering, Architecture, or Government or similar. Selection will be based on academic achievement, written expression of interest, an interview and any relevant work experience. If you hold a degree at a level lower than Second Class Honours you may also be accepted subject to the requirement that you demonstrate, at interview, a high level of engagement and interest in the subject and a clear capacity for carrying out studies at postgraduate level.
Closing Date: See application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
This programme is taken on a full time basis over two 12-week teaching terms. Lectures will be scheduled on two to three days per week and there will also be afternoon studio sessions or tutorials each week, all supported by individual study / reading time. There will be residential and day fieldtrips, both within and outside Ireland, and students will be asked to contribute towards the cost of these.
Modules are assessed almost entirely through coursework: essays, designs, field journals, tutorials, team projects, written reflection, individual presentations and individual projects. Around 25% of the modules also have a short written examination at the end of the relevant teaching period, making up 30-40% of the marks available for the module.
Application for this programme is on-line atwww.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:CKC19AdditionalQuestions (51kB)
Further Contact Information
Ms. Tina McSweeney
T: +353 (0)21 490 4356
Programme Coordinator: Mr. Jonathan Hall